Editor’s Note: We did not publish on Friday and rather than wait until Friday January 7th, ABD is sharing Monique Williams’ Year-In-Review on this first weekday of 2022.
Those who embrace biblical principles as a way of life know God is the same yesterday, today and forever. They also know Him to occasionally “do a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19). In fact, there are over a dozen Bible verses about new things. Launching Faith Friday was a new venture for me. In the wake of a challenging time in my professional life, this outlet allowed me to continue reaching people through impact-storytelling. Stories can change lives. Inspiring stories can change the world.
“Changing the World One Inspirational Story at a Time” could be a great tagline for the Faith Friday series. One by one, business owners’ testimonies have taught me the value in allowing faith to be a driving force in uncertain times, every time. This Year-in-Review account, I hope, will do the same for you. I mean, it’s pretty hard not to get excited about a local baker (Sinless Sweets) who turned the pain of a miscarriage into a purpose-driven bakery featuring guilt-free treats. Then, there’s the bottled water supplier (Divine Health Water4U) who says the benefits of alkaline water dramatically improved his health and is allowing him to leave a legacy for his children’s children. And let’s not forget the young woman whose pact with her father before he died unexpectedly has propelled her to continue creating magical, custom furniture from the heart (K’s Koncepts).
Adversity is meant to be overcome, not overtake.
Just ask a local pastor who overcame substance misuse addiction, a near-fatal motorcycle accident and a pandemic that almost tanked his business (M&M Party Rentals). A former FedEx courier discovered she was good with a camera and turned it into a profitable photography company (Yolanda Rouse Photography). Two brothers from a crime-ridden, inner city neighborhood rode a lawn mower right out of poverty and into wealth and prosperity for generations to come (Georgia’s Green Lawn Care). We could go on and on. In 2022, we plan to, by sharing more stories of resilience, determination, grit and a whole lot of faith. After all, one cannot truly embrace the future without appreciating the past. Let’s do both.